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Field of Dreams Review

An American classic that depends on the sport, subculture and colloquialisms of an understanding audience may not make the transition to the United Kingdom as well as expected. It is the reverse effect of projects such as I, Daniel Blake or The Damned United not quite working out their American market. Not because they necessarily need to, but because the culture is so volatile and different in comparison. Field of Dreams is a bridge for that gap, an experience led by grand performances that can include just about everyone in its baseball-led drama, sports jargon et al. Audiences can connect with ideas and cultural pieces beyond their own, but not baseball. Baseball is the sport of hell.

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A Perfect World Review

Stockholm syndrome is just a fancy term for extended friendship, or at least, that seems to be the driving force of A Perfect World. Kevin Costner may portray kidnapper and hostage holder Robert Haynes, but at least he has a good heart and a bond is soon born between him and Phillip Perry (T.J Lowther). But beyond that odd variation of what Stockholm syndrome may be, Clint Eastwood directs and supports Costner as best he can. A Perfect World is an oddly fitting title. In a perfect world, the bond between Haynes and Perry would be an ideal variation of the father and son relationship. Still, we are bound by whatever Eastwood wishes to provide, and provide he does with this fascinating story that challenges odd layers of audience expectations. 

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

Five years, four hours and $370 million later, this is what Zack Snyder has to show for himself. Justice League, or, to give it the full title should I be hung, drawn and quartered by the bedwetting fans of the DC Extended Universe, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, is the titan-like efforts of a collection of febrile, short-tempered aficionado’s demanding a second shot for their apparition of Christ. It is a testament to the strength of a mass, who can push their king toward another shot at glory. He boldly sits upon the directing throne, waving his hand to the side, and here, offers up his elongated piece. A final chapter to close off a very short book that nobody particularly enjoyed all that much. Here, in all its glory, is the redux edition. A creative has been given the budget of a respectably moderate Hollywood flick to reshoot a film that, compared to the other superhero filler released before and after it, can be considered a flop.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

To give Zack Snyder a fair chance, we must judge him on the merits of his technical craft, as well as the hurdles he had to jump to get his vision to the screen. No excuses are to be found with the director’s cut of a film. It is their vision, the best they could assemble in the year or two they have slaved away on a piece, hoping to appease those out there that wished for gritty nonsense and super serious tones. Do they work? They could. Had they been implemented correctly, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice could have been somewhat engaging or at the very least come dangerously close to being somewhat interesting. There is no room for quality here, with flatlining pacing, tropes that Snyder drags through his usual tropes and lack of effectiveness.

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Man of Steel Review

Had Superman been a character whose interest did not immediately wane through premise alone, Man of Steel would still have had a struggle in finding its audience. A near-invincible entity from another land whose only weakness is green rocks. Clark Kent would clearly hate rock-climbing, geology or anything to do with the rocks that are destined to deplete his sanity, health and mental prowess. Speaking of depleted mental capabilities, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder finds himself in the uncomfortable position of working for fanboys forevermore or not at all. He has, quite clearly, taken the avenue of finance, rather than the corridor of poverty. Harsh it may be to suggest the latter, it is an honest recommendation if Man of Steel is the quality he will offer through the remainder of his time making films. 

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Silverado Review

As the popularity of the western genre began to wane, it surprises me that, years after the twilight era of the Spaghetti and Hollywood westerns had come and gone, many big-name stars were still signing on to appear in dusty, gun-toting pictures. The ensemble assembled through Silverado is one of great pride, featuring the likes of Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, John Cleese, and even Jeff Goldblum. With this amazing cast behind him, director Lawrence Kasdan appeals to the type of audience who like drama and romance, feel-good stories of clear heroes and obvious villains. His approach to Silverado is the films biggest credit, but also the most obvious and glaring downfall of all.

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The Untouchables Review

The prohibition era of American history is something I find truly interesting. The banning of alcohol would probably permanently cripple me, but for a good few years in the United States, such a thing happened. Gangsters up and down the country made millions in the illegal trade of champagne, rum, booze production and peddling. The Untouchables looks to profile an overarching story of how a select few officers of the law were tasked with upholding the liquor ban, and the various methods they took to arresting those responsible. Brian De Palma’s late 80s-piece pools together a great cast of characters in a film deeply set in its 20th century setting.

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